"He's going to be missed by this city, and the audiences of this festival." I must make an honest, personal confession. The one chance I had to meet and talk with Roger Ebert was at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) a few years ago. He used to frequent this fest and I would always see him at the same press screenings that I was attending. One year I saw him just standing there, waiting, and I never got the nerves to say hi. Now it's one of my greatest regrets, and I still miss him and still think about that moment. At the Toronto Film Festival this year the festival is paying tribute to the iconic film critic and has released the 4-minute video they made. It's a lovey and wonderful appreciation for a real voice of the festival. Enjoy.
I still remember my very first Toronto Film Festival way back in 2007. The festival denied me a press badge, so I woke up early and bought tickets every day. I crashed with my friends Peter Sciretta (of SlashFilm) and Jen Yamato (of Rotten Tomatoes at the time) in the basement of a bed & breakfast on Church St. Somehow, with an endless amount of passion and determination, I saw 20 films in total, from Michael Clayton to The Assassination of Jesse James to Juno. I'm back in Toronto again, for my 7th TIFF in a row, continuing the crazy fall film festival season. From Telluride straight to Toronto. It's a completely different fest now, I'm already tired, Peter and Jen don't go anymore, but I'm here for the films. As always, it's all about the movies.
Every once in a while, a film will choose to take the path less traveled and use unique poster art that eschews Photoshop and goes for aesthetic beauty instead. Here we have the TIFF promo poster for Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins' We Gotta Get Out of This Place, a twisted Texas-set crime drama about three teens (Mackenzie Davis, Jeremy Allen White and Logan Huffman) hoping to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in their cotton-mill town. The poster features hand-painted artwork by Eisner Award winning artist Sean Phillips that's just gorgeous. This film is now on our festival radar thanks to this art.
The last of the TIFF line-up has been unveiled, adding a few more prestigious names to their impressive 2013 program. Toronto has programmed a total of 288 films this year, and they've announced the last batch of titles to top off the announcements previously. They'll be showing the new film from French filmmaker Claire Denis, titled Bastards (or Les salauds) which first screened in Cannes; it's a damn good film, worth seeing. They also have Kim Ki-duk's "twisted family chronicle" Moebius and a "Conversation With… Spike Jonze" where he'll preview some (but not all of) his film Her. Final batch of TIFF 2013 films listed below.
Now that the film is slated to premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the first poster for the comedy Dom Hemingway, starring Jude Law as the title safecracker, has arrived, and it's pretty wild. After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, the notorious Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he's owed, but he's also trying to reconnect with an estranged daughter. Law looks cocky as hell, but he's almost upstaged by the giant monkey behind him. This looks like it could be quite an outlandish and fun performance for Law, and hopefully we see a trailer soon.
As we get closer to the fall film festivals, let's take a first look at another film premiering this year. The latest film from indie genre icon Ti West (of The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) sends a crew of Vice media correspondents on "a harrowing journey into madness and messianic bloodshed" in The Sacrament. The cast includes AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz (from Upstream Color), filmmaker Joe Swanberg, Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley. Documenting a search for a friend's missing sister, they end up traveling to "Eden Parish," a self-sustained "rural utopia" where things get a bit freaky, obviously. Take a look below.
From Jodo's Dune to Burt's Buzz to Tim's Vermeer, to Eli's Green Inferno and McKee's All Cheerleaders Die and much more. The second batch of films were announced for the 38th Toronto International Film Festival this September, including the Midnight Madness and Vanguard sections. This is our 7th year covering. Last week, TIFF unveiled their selection of Galas & Special Presentations, with handfuls of highly anticipated films. They continue with another set of highly anticipated world premieres, with many docs and more international features set to play the festival this fall. Check out the second batch of 2013 films below.
Another dazzling line-up from Toronto to kick off the fall season. The 38th Toronto International Film Festival just announced a total of 70 unique Gala and Special Presentation films as part of the lineup at this year's festival, which runs September 5th to 15th up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is our 7th year covering. TIFF has become known for its rather glamorous and stunning line-up ever year, programming just about every highly anticipated art house film left to see. For 2013 they'll be showing Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Mandela, Rush, Dallas Buyers Club, Labor Day and more. Read on for the list!